Edition: Focus on Careers February 2016 Newsletter
I remember seeing a picture taken during an NHL game several years ago that, at first glance, appeared to be an altercation of some sort. However, if you looked closely, you could see that players from both teams (the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks), as well as the officials, were looking for something on the ice. The culprit was a lost contact lens. They were all looking for something that no professional hockey game has been delayed for in decades.
Contact lenses have changed in the years since this picture was taken and so has what we know about real learning. As teams of teachers work together to create interdisciplinary, hands-on, authentic and optimal learning experiences for their students, those observing, and often “evaluating”, them should be thinking seriously about the things they should stop looking for. We must respectfully question the expectations that waste the time of our “players” (teachers and students). Often these traditional practices, and the structures that go with them, not only waste precious time, they actually act as barriers to the creation of relevant experiences designed to make connections between otherwise independent nodules of factual “knowledge”.
In my opinion, career program teams across the province are spearheading the transformation movement by creating work based learning opportunities for students. In the spring of 2013, Kris Magnussen of Simon Fraser University suggested to me that a focus on careers programs and the honouring of hands-on-learning would be the “can opener that would begin conversations about education that have been needed for decades”. Recently, some serious conversations have started to take place regarding funding formulas, capital spending, reporting, credentialing, required areas of study, provincial exams and teacher education programs. What we are expecting (“looking for”) in each area is being questioned. These questions, and the conversations that go with them, will help to reduce “game delays” that students and their teachers experience during their learning day.
In This Edition:
* Access Grants 2016
* Applied Design, Skills & Technologies Curriculum for K-9 posted.
* South Island Partnership - Profile
* Expansion of the Shoulder Tappers
* Work BC Update
* New Resource: Planning Your Maker Day
* #BCTECH Strategy 2016
* ITA/Work BC - Apprentice Job Match Tool
* Skills BC Competition
* Teacher Resource: Blueprint Builder
* ITA "What Are You Made Of" Trades Guide 2016
* March 6-10, 2016 - Corrosion 2016 - http://nacecorrosion.org/
This comprehensive conference is packed with technical education and knowledge exchange plus opportunities to connect with industry experts and peers focused on the prevention and mitigation of corrosion worldwide.
* April 11, 2016 - May 20, 2016 - Chatterhigh BC's Most Informed Student - http://chatterhigh.com/en/competitions/upcoming?page=2
* April 13, 2016 - BC Provincial Skills Competition - Tradex, Abbotsford -http://skillscanada.bc.ca/competitions/
* May 13 - 14, 2016 - Network of Inquiry & Innovation (NOII) Symposium "Purpose, Passion and Persistence: Making it Real" - Richmond http://noii.ca/resources/noii-symposium/
* June 5-7, 2015 - Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Conference "Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future" Vancouver, BC - http://caf-fca.org/2016-conference/
Expansion of the "Shoulder Tappers"
Shoulder Tapper News Release (Dec 7, 2015)
More students in B.C.’s north will connect with the skills and experience they need for the jobs of the future through an expanded $4.9-million Shoulder Tappers program announced today by the B.C. government and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Shoulder Tappers are career co-ordinators or recruitment specialists who work one-on-one with elementary and secondary school students to point them in the right direction with greater mentorship and positive career input. The program is based on the successful Northern Opportunities partnership in northeast B.C., which started with a focus on skilled trades careers. It has now grown to include student access to technical, academic, and vocational courses such as aircraft engineering, heavy-duty mechanics, information technology, early childhood education and others.
The Province is providing $1.3 million and Northern Development is providing $3.6 million over five years to expand Shoulder Tappers from three to 15 school districts throughout northern B.C.
Shoulder Tappers work closely with school districts, the Industry Training Authority, the Career Education Society, industry and other organizations to help students benefit from exposure to trades and technical training. They also help connect students with on-the-job experience, allowing them to graduate with dual credit toward advanced trades training.
Shoulder Tappers are now working in the following districts: Peace River North, Peace River South, Fort Nelson, Quesnel, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Bulkley Valley, Prince George, Coast Mountains, Stikine, Nechako Lakes Nisga’a, Cariboo-Chilcotin, Gold Trail and Central Coast. These school districts collectively educate more than 45,000 students.
Contact: Tony Arthurs, Education & Skills Coordinator, Ministry of Education Tony.Arthurs@gov.bc.ca Direct Line: (250) 213-7540
Work BC Update
As of January 15th, British Columbians will have access to a refreshed WorkBC.ca website with new resources and an enhanced customer experience at the WorkBC Employment Centres throughout British Columbia. Benefits include:
- Easier to find resources
- Highlighted priority content
- Expanded content and resources for
- Aboriginal People: Workbc.ca/aboriginal
- People With Disabilities at WorkBC.ca/accessibility
- Youth at WorkBC.ca/youth
- New success story videos and blogs
- Improved browsing and search functions
- Full integration with the recently enhanced Blueprint Builder - benefits to users include:
- More control when building and modifying Blueprint career plans
- Update personal profiles easily at any step along the way
Recently added resources: Cost of Living Calculator, B.C. Labour Market Outlook, Resources for Aboriginal People, Resources for People with Disabilities, Resources for Youth, Find a B.C. Post-secondary Institution.
New Resource: Planning Your Maker Day Powerpoint
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) have just launched a new Planning Your Maker Day PowerPoint which has been designed to be used with the Maker Day Toolkit2 booklet that is available as a PDF on their website. With both resources, teachers will be able to learn about the design thinking process and also train other teachers in their district. The intent is to get as many teachers trained on design thinking as possible, so that they can bring an inventive approach to learning in their classrooms.
More info and the resources can be found here: http://www.itabc.ca/youth/educators#maker-day
Previously, the ITA required school districts to participate in an in-person training facilitated by UBC’s Innovative Learning Centre, in order to access their Maker Day grants. Now that we have developed these resources, that is no longer the requirement. The grants are available for teacher training events and for student events. Student events typically involve projects that could span days or weeks and can touch on various subject areas. Those interested in more information about the grant can email email@example.com
#BCTECH Strategy 2016
The new BCTECH Strategy was announced on January 18th, 2016. The full PDF of the strategy is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BCTECH_Strategy.pdf
The strategy recognizes the need to develop interest early and have dedicated technology programs in the K-12 education system. The new K-12 curricular changes focusing on math, sciences, creativity, and other curricula which will develop the fundamental skills needed for careers in technology.
To learn more about the Ministry of Education actions in the #BCTECH Strategy 2015, please contact:
Mark Hawkes, E-Learning Coordinator, Ministry of Education Mark.Hawkes@gov.bc.ca Direct Line: (250) 217-5567
ITA/Work BC - Apprentice Job Match
It is important for students to understand that even if they have completed a Foundation (ACE-IT) course, they are not technically an apprentice until they have an employer sponsor. The “Apprentice Job Match” provides a tool for ACE-IT students, as well as Secondary School Apprentice (SSA) and Work Experience (WEX) students and employers who might be interested in sponsoring an apprentice.
South Island Partnership Profile
Options for students who have identified a career path and wish to begin pursuing that plan while still attending high school have been a part of the BC School system for a long time. As the Ministry of Education has moved forward with more flexible learning, partnerships have developed between school districts and post-secondary institutions that increase student choice as well as providing opportunities for students to earn dual credit. The South Island Partnership was created to allow Camosun College to work with the various south island school districts in a coordinated manner.
The South Island Partnership (SIP) includes Camosun College and the five south Vancouver Island school districts: SD61 Victoria, SD62 Sooke, SD63 Saanich, SD64 Gulf Islands and SD79 Cowichan Valley. Working together with local industry leaders, SIP provides Dual Credit programs and courses to give high school students a head start on their post-secondary and career paths.
Kelly Betts and Don Cameron – South Island Partnership – Camosun College
Flexibility, Vision, Passion
Kelly Betts and Don Cameron exemplify what it means to be teammates. As they seamlessly responded to the questions about background information, current programming and future directions of the South Island Partnership (SIP) and Camosun College’s role in the partnership. The vision and passion, coupled with a recognition that success requires flexibility has molded this partnership into a successful model that allows high school students to participate in career and trade opportunities in partnerships between those districts and Camosun College.
South Island Partnership contact: Roger Hargreaves, SIP Transition Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org (250) 217-2935.
Nicola Priestley, School District #61
District Career and Transitions Coordinator
Big Picture, Coordination, Development, Passion
Nicola is calm, organized and clearly a leader. She has a passion for developing programs that work for students. Her leadership qualities are evident in her ability to encourage and create innovative programs with teachers, administrators and post-secondary institutions that work for students. She is able to manage a complex array of programming with a cheerful smile and enthusiasm for ensuring that students are successful.
Anna Lisa Bond, School District #61
District Career and Transitions Coordinator
Passion, Determination, Engagement
The drive to develop new programs, to inspire teachers and students to take risks and try new things, this is Anna Lisa. Anna Lisa embodies the organized, determined woman, who engages her students and other teachers in meaningful exploration of careers and trades. She not only creates programs that ensure that all students have options, she also tracks the results of those activities to improve and enhance those programs for future students.
Mike Adams, Teacher, Spectrum High School
Flexibility, Experience, Practical, Humble, Collaboration
Mike Adams teaches Psychology 12 as a dual credit course with Camosun college. Mike and the Psych 130 instructor collaborated over the summer and continue to jointly teach the course. Mike is very humble, but clearly passionate about teaching. He talks about the need for teachers involved in dual credit to be flexible and at the same time practical about what can be achieved within one semester with senior high school students. His caring attitude and dedication to student engagement and learning is clearly demonstrated in his description of the process of working with the subject matter and the college instructor in developing lesson and unit plans. Mike’s students are clearly benefiting from the commitment he has shown to his courses.
Kristie Lindsay, Student, Spectrum High School
Passion, Focus, Joy, Dedication
This is why the educators involved in South Island Partnership do what they do. The passion, engagement and commitment of this young woman are evident in every statement. Kristie is in the Culinary Arts program at Spectrum School. She is clearly passionate about the program and is currently excited about plating. ‘Plating’ is the art of how the food looks when it goes out to the table. She also is clear that she likes meat, she tried being a vegetarian, and it lasted a week. Her favourite food is a Club Sandwich, because of the combination of flavours.
Additional information on the development and current programs of the Partnership can be found at:
The links to the Career programs for the School Districts are below:
Skills BC Competition (Skilled Trades and Applied Technologies)
22nd Annual Provincial Competition – April 13, 2016 – Tradex, Abbottsford
Skills Canada BC in association with Skills Competences Canada and WorldSkills offers a unique opportunity for young people across the Province to experience careers in the skilled trades and applied technologies. Skills Canada BC programs begin in grade 6 and continue throughout the post-secondary levels. A major component of Skills BC programming is the skilled trades & technology competitions.
Skills BC hosts 13 Regional and 1 Provincial Competition each year. Check the link below to see dates and locations for the regional competitions.
Teacher Resource: Blueprint Builder
Blueprint Builder integrates labour market information with career planning resources that can help students stretch their thinking about career options and opportunities. For example, Blueprint Builder features resources that identify ‘in-demand’ careers, presents 500 detailed career profiles and showcases Career Trek videos that bring 95 careers to life.
Students can quickly find career information that is useful in making the transition to the workplace or post-secondary education and save relevant career planning web resources to their personalized Blueprint.
ITA “What Are You Made Of?” guide - 2016
In response to the growing interest in trades careers amongst BC’s youth, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) is releasing its 2016 Trade Guide to high schools across the province to encourage students to take the next steps in trades training.
Taking on the theme of “What Are You Made Of?” the guide is designed to help students understand what it takes to be a skilled trades person and find out, based on their characteristics, which trade is the right fit for them.
The guide is broken up by type of trades person – the Builder, Analyzer, Operator, Fixer, Artisan, and Outdoorist. Each category is defined by a list of characteristics and provides recommendations for potential trades careers. Also included are testimonials of ITA Youth Programs alumni, giving current students a glimpse into what they can achieve and look forward to in finding their trade.
ITA Youth created the guide to act as a starting point for youth interested in trades and to help them, as well as educators and parents understand the bright potential of a career in trades. The new guide not only provides great details on trade programs available to youth but also clarifies the trades training journey from apprenticeship to certification. The Trade Guide is one of the tools ITA has in place to generate youth interest in the trades in BC and to facilitate the conversations about trades careers in high schools across BC.
ACCESS Grants 2016
Grants connect students with training for jobs of tomorrow
British Columbia students will get a bit of help to give them an opportunity to connect with skills, technical and trades training opportunities, thanks to $170,000 in Skills Training Access Grants that are going to school districts and independent schools across BC.
The Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school districts each with a $5,000 grant to help them develop opportunities to support students who want to pursue skills and trades training and career development. The Ministry is also providing nine independent schools with grants worth $20,000 in total. To learn more, please refer to the News Release at XXX.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Tony Arthurs at Tony.Arthurs@gov.bc.ca or 250-213-7540.
Applied Design, Skills and Technology - new Curriculum - K-9 posted
The new ADST Curriculum for K-9 is posted on the Ministry of Education Website. It is expected that the ADST Curriculum for 10-12 will be posted very soon as well.
Comments on the new curriculum are encouraged. Comments can be made at: email@example.com
Editors Note: Information taken from the Startup Skool website
The landscape is changing. Careers that once existed are becoming obsolete. Youth are growing up educated yet unexperienced. The entrepreneurial mindset is about passion for solving real problems, creating opportunities in challenges, and adapting and growing in ever-changing circumstances. We need to prepare the next generation for this new landscape. Our programs focus on the core principles of entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technology. Through Startup Skool youth are equipped with the soft, technical, and creative skills they need to tackle the world in front of them.
Startup Skool was born from a set of experiments with elementary students in Victoria, BC. In order to test how youth would respond to the concept of entrepreneurship, a topic not currently studied in school, we began by giving these classes a $100 micro-loan and asking them to come up with ideas on how to use that loan to make even more money which would then be donated to their charity of choice. Throughout the process, we could sense their passion, excitement, and dedication to problem solving & execution of their ideas. The results were extraordinary. With businesses ranging from building bird houses to sell at a local market to selling green smoothies, these kids were able to turn that initial $100 investment into thousands of dollars for charity.
We realized that many characteristics of entrepreneurs are found in young students, but few are able to keep this mindset as they grow. By teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and harnessing their natural creativity, we’re arming the next wave of young leaders with the tools to one day tackle our society’s most difficult social and environmental problems in order to make real change.
Startup Skool summer camps are open for registration today, March 1st, 2016! This summer's 2016 Startup Skool is bringing youth ages 9 - 15 together to learn about entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technology. By the end of the week, students will have created their own business, solved a real business design challenge, designed marketing materials, built their own website, developed a business model, pitched their ideas to a panel of local entrepreneurs, and gained real hands-on entrepreneurial experience!
Startup Skool is focused on teaching the next wave of young leaders how to think with an entrepreneurial mind so that they can tackle our society’s most difficult social and environmental problems – and make real change. With a combination of highly trained instructors, strong community partners, and convenient locations, this is the perfect camp to send the children in your life to.